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The UN Global CompactCorporate Citizenship in

The 21st Century

The case for cc a simple truth

“Corporate citizenship is not just about how money is spent, it’s also about how money is made.”

The case for cc what exactly is cc
THE CASE FOR CCWhat exactly is CC?

  • a long-term strategy to manage risks and discover opportunities

  • an alignment of business strategy and operations with universal values.

  • a potentially fundamental transformation of corporate strategies, operations, corporate culture, relationships

  • proactive strategic planning, not defensive communication

  • far more core business than philanthropy

The case for cc what does it do for my business
THE CASE FOR CCWhat Does it Do for my Business?

  • Boost morale and productivity.

  • Renew and rebuild trust.

  • Improved risk profile.

  • Strengthen corporate reputation.

  • Improve efficiency. Reduce costs.

  • Discover innovation in product development.

The un global compact the un business odd couple
THE UN GLOBAL COMPACTThe UN & Business – Odd Couple?


United Nations

Building Markets





Good Governance





Global Health


Deepening Interdependencies

The un global compact overview

Launched on 26 July 2000 in New York with roughly 40 businesses

“A more sustainable and inclusive global economy.”

Multi-stakeholder platform for collective action

Rooted in universally accepted conventions:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

ILO Declaration

Rio Declaration

UN Convention Against Corruption

The un global compact the 10 principles

Human Rights

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed

human rights; and

Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. 

Labour Standards

Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the

right to collective bargaining;

Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. 


Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies


Principle 10: Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.

The un global compact vision and mission

Make the ten principles part of business strategy, operations and culture everywhere.


Contribution to Development

“A more sustainable and inclusive global economy.”



Catalyze action in support of broad UN goals, including the Millennium Development Goals


The un global compact what it is not
The operations and culture everywhere.UN GLOBAL COMPACTWhat It Is (Not)

What It Is...

What It Is NOT...

Values-based Framework to Integrate Universal Principles into Organizational Change

Substitute for Codes/Standards

Multi-stakeholder Network Acting as a Platform for Learning and Collaboration

Public Relations Initiative

Initiative Based on Internationally Accepted Principles

Regulatory Instrument

The un global compact what is expected
THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT operations and culture everywhere.What is expected?

Leadership Commitment (CEO)

Letter from Chief Executive to UN Secretary-General

Willingness to engage in continuous performance improvement

Setting strategic and operational goals, measuring results

Openness to dialogue and learning around critical issues

Participate in events at local (and global), engage in stakeholder dialogue

Commitment to transparency, accountability & public disclosure.

Annual Communication on Progress (COP)

The un global compact the business case
THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT operations and culture everywhere.The Business Case


stronger financial performance / improved relations with investment community

enhanced employee productivity / creative and value-added solutions


stronger relationships with community / credibility and trust / enhanced products & services


operational efficiency / reduction of transaction costs / ’ethical’ supply management


better reputation and branding vs. competitor / enhanced license to operate vs. competitor



enhanced employee relations (recruitment, motivation, retention, innovation, productivity)

better relationship with community / credibility and trust in society / ‘license to operate’


Change Agent

moral compass for organizational change / proactive action basis to minimize risks

The un global compact the global compact today
THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT operations and culture everywhere.The Global Compact Today

6,200+ active business participants in 135 countries

1800+ non-business participants from civil society, labour, academia

Equal participation in developed and developing world

Equal participation from SME’s and large companies

170 of the Financial Times Global 500 companies (by market cap)

90+ active local networks around the world

Note: the data is as of 2010

The un global compact around the world
THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT operations and culture everywhere.Around the World

The un global compact local networks
THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT operations and culture everywhere.Local Networks

  • Clusters of participants who have come together to advance the UNGC and its principles a local level

  • Activities:

    • Identify local priorities

    • Awareness-raising and recruitment

    • Organize learning and dialogue events

    • Produce learning materials in local languages

    • Mobilize collective action

    • Facilitate partnership projects in support of MDGs

    • Safeguarding overall UNGC integrity

The un global compact networks and participants over the years
THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT operations and culture everywhere.Networks and Participants over the years

The un global compact who are the participants
THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT operations and culture everywhere.Who are the Participants?

What does responsibility mean? operations and culture everywhere.

The un global compact a wealth of resources
THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT operations and culture everywhere.A Wealth of Resources

Thank you
Thank You! operations and culture everywhere.